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The enemy of creativity... is fear. We're all born creative, it takes a little while to become afraid. A surprising insight: an enemy of fear is creativity. Acting in a creative way generates action, and action persuades the fear to lighten up.  -Seth Godin

For many years, owning small shops was my creative outlet. Buying, merchandising, creating a brand and a community all filled me with a feeling of inspired contentment. It’s been a joy to support so many artists and artisans by selling their work. 


While keeping shop has been a passion and my livelihood, I’ve also been quietly painting for thirty years. I’ve given art gifts to friends, painted murals in public spaces, and amassed and purged a good bit of work. This creating is something I do for enjoyment. Not a day passes that I do not imagine painting. 


At one point, there was a leak in the roof of the apartment where I lived and the storage closet where I kept all my art was flooded. Ten years of artwork ruined. I gathered up all the blurry, moldy pieces and hiked them out to the dumpster. This event could only be branded as a ‘new start’. I've enjoyed many new starts in life and 2020 has naturally become one of those 'begin again' moments.


I’m now surprising myself with full permission to create. We often hear that one little shift can change everything. If we stretch ourselves or try just one new thing, our entire perspective can shift - new worlds open up. 


Painting, design, gardening, cooking, writing and exploring new mediums is the fastest route I’ve found to experiencing pure joy, and I can’t think of anything more important to seek or share. 

Thank you from my heart for stopping by to take a peek.


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